Reader Contribution Du Jour: FYI

February 2, 2015 ·
Filed under: 11211, 11249, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Those of you who may be harboring the notion of checking out the fire (at least what is left of it) today, don’t bother: security has been hired. The above fellow, apparently. NOTE: Stefano Giovannini (whose photo this is) presented his city-issued press pass to the police. They told him to leave. So there have you.

Reader Contribution Du Jour: Shots From Today’s Fire At Citistorage

January 31, 2015 ·
Filed under: 11249, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn, Wow, WTF 

An immensely talented and all-around nice guy, Stefano Giovannini, braved the cold and took some wonderful photos of our city’s Bravest fighting what is apparently now a seven alarm fire. Do take a moment to peruse his Flickr set here. They are not only lovely (if one can call such subject matter that) but are an excellent testement to the hard work and dedication of our firefighters.

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Fire

March 19, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

These shots of yesterday’s four alarm fire on Greenpoint Avenue comes courtesy of Victoria Belanger. On a related note, you can check out another item from NBC regarding this fire (the FDNY was busy all night fighting it) by clicking here. Prepare to be stunned.

From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: Fire?

March 18, 2014 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

I have received a number of inquiries about this. Here’s the skinny: a recycling business located across the street from the Shit Tits is on fire. You can learn more about what happened by clicking here.

What’s Up On Manhattan Avenue?

October 29, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Carbecque, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

I imagine a number of my fellow north ‘Pointers noticed a great many police cars and Fire Department personnel stationed at Green Street and Manhattan Avenue this evening (around 10:30 p.m.) and are wondering what’s up. No worries, I have the 411— and it appears to nothing to do with Sandy.

Rather, an automobile parked in front of Cafecito Bogota (1013 Manhattan Avenue) caught on fire. I am pleased to report our Bravest* got matters under control before they got out of hand. This is quite remarkable given the carbecque in question was illegally parked in front of a fire hydrant. Whoops. In any case, way to go guys!

*One of whom referred to the absent owner of said vehicle as, and I quote, “an asshole”.

Spotted On Clay Street: New York’s Bravest

July 16, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Those of you who are wondering what the ruckus was this afternoon on Clay Street (between Manhattan Avenue and Franklin Street), apparently there was a fire in the basement of 50 Clay Street. I have no word as to whether or not anyone was hurt (although it seemed like everyone was okay), but this is as good as an opportunity as any to give a hat tip to our Bravest!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Benefit For Conrad Mea & Family

It has been brought to my attention that the kindly founder of Grandma Rose’s, John Ricco, and the folks at the R Bar will be co-conducting a benefit for a family who lost their home as a result of the recent fire at 147 Conselyea Street. Here are the deets per the event’s Facebook page:

If you haven’t heard, Conrad saved 13 people from a fire Saturday June 2nd. He & his family lost everything! We, with Grandma Roses, invite you all to help a heroic neighbor & his family. The party will start with a BBQ @ Grandma Roses & continue @ R-Bar. Bring your wallets & show your support for a great local cause!

Barbecue/Bar Benefit For Conrad Mea & Family
Saturday, June 16, 2012 starting at 6:00 p.m.
Grandma Rose’s Pizzeria & the R Bar
457 Graham Avenue & 451 Meeker Avenue respectively
Brooklyn, New York 11222


From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: How You Can Help!

June 3, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

As I mentioned yesterday, among the people rendered homeless as a result of Friday night’s fire at 147 Conselyea Street (as seen at left) is a family who not only lost everything save the shirts on their backs but their son’s birthday is today. That’s rough! Thus, a number of our local businesses are accepting donations to help these, our neighbors in need— and perhaps bring a much-needed smile to this child’s face. Follows are three:

Breaking Boundaries
180 North 10 Street
Brooklyn, New York 11211

They write:

…they are dear friends and family to us. You can drop items money at breakin’ boundaries starting Monday 2pm…

They go on to outline what this family needs:

  • Clothing- woman 35 show size 6 she’s 5″2 and thin
  • Man-6 ft
  • Boy – he turns 12 today (June 3rd — Ed. Note) we’re throwing him a surprise birthday party
  • He’s a shoe size 7
  • Clothing 12-14
  • And sports he plays everything

You can also leave donations at Mousey Brown Salon who writes:

I will have a collection box at Mousey Brown Salon for the families that were burned out of their building on Conselyea night before last. As I find out more about what they need in particular, I will post it. My assumption is that they will need everything. I will take whatever we collect to Tony’s Pizza to give to the families.

Mousey Brown Salon
732 Lorimer Street
Brooklyn, New York 11211

And as the above indicates, Tony’s Pizza is accepting donations as well:

Tony’s Pizza
355 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211

Please find it in your collective hearts, north Brooklynites, to lend this family a hand in their time of need. Thanks!

UPDATE, 6:14 p.m.: On a related note, do take a moment to read this New York Daily news article about an absolutely amazing fellow who helped his neighbors flee 147 Conselyea Street!

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Fire At 147 Conselyea Street

It has come to my attention that number of people are curious as to serious police/FDNY activity last night (at approximately 9:00 p.m.). The following (which comes from the NYPD via an anonymous tipster), sadly is probably the reason:

On Friday June 1st, 2012 at approximately 2116 hours, police responded to a 911 call of a residential fire inside of 147 Conselya Street apartment 3r, within the confines of the 94th Precinct. Upon extinguishment of the fire by FDNY, police observed the victim (F/W/59) unconscious and unresponsive. EMS responded and pronounced the victim DOA on the scene. The investigation is ongoing. The Medical examiner to determine cause of death and the NYC Fire Marshal to determine the cause of fire.

The identification of the victim is pending family notification.

I walked by this building late this afternoon: it has been (as you can see in the above photo provided by rosquet) totally eviscerated. I suspect I speak for many when I write my heartfelt condolences go out to the loved ones of the woman who perished in this fire and her neighbors who are now without a home.

UPDATE, June 3, a.m.: I have been made aware there is some kind of fundraising/donation effort being organized for one of the families* rendered homeless by this conflagration. If/when I get the 411, I will post it here. Here you go!

*Who apparently has a child whose birthday is today (June 3rd).

Williamsburg Photos du Jour: Two Alarm Fire On Bedford Avenue

March 4, 2012 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Those of you who are wondering what the ruckus was on Bedford Avenue was today, a two alarm fire was reported at 187 Bedford Avenue at 11:21 this morning. The source of this fire has been determined by our Bravest to be electrical in nature. It started inside the floor between the second and third stories and the apartment from hence it originated was currently unoccupied. The latter unfortunately delayed its discovery.

Four apartments have been rendered uninhabitable; two more have sustained damage to their front doors and sport some water and smoke damage (as seen below) as well. The Red Cross was on hand so as to render assistance to those displaced and Deputy Inspector Hurson personally delegated an officer to ensure the safety of the tenants whose front doors are awaiting new locks.

The good news is no one— be they two-legged or otherwise— was injured!

Photo Credits: Fire damage photos come courtesy of Citizen Christine.



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